Are You Obsolete? Yeah, Probably (This Fascinating Video Explains Why)

Our Video of the Week Offers a Sobering Look at the Effect Bots Will Have on Even White-Collar Jobs

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Marketing people may be worried about programmatic buying, and media people may be anxious about content-generating algorithms, but the harrowing lesson of our Video of the Week is that the issue of computer programs and robots taking over human jobs cuts across every possible kind of profession. And it's going to transform the global economy and change our everyday lives a lot sooner than you may think.

"Human Need Not Apply," posted Wednesday by CGP Grey, a channel on YouTube that produces popular explanatory videos, is fascinating and eye-opening -- and though it runs 15 minutes, it's hard to not want to watch the whole thing because it sucks you right in (as of Friday morning it's already racked up more than a million views).

You might have already given some thought to the future of a few of the workforce sectors it covers (e.g., transportation jobs, because, for starters, self-driving vehicles eventually means no more long-haul truckers) but the chilling news for you, if you're a creative professional or other white-collar worker, is that "Humans Need Not Apply" makes a convincing case that your job is probably doomed too.

Simon Dumenco is the "Media Guy" columnist for Advertising Age. You can follow him on Twitter @simondumenco.

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